Today in unrealistic beauty standards, model Erin Heatherton reveals Victoria's Secret told her to lose weight!
Yes, the 5-foot, 9-inch model with a 24-inch waist was told she wasn't skinny enough for the lingerie company's infamous runway show.
"My last two Victoria's Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight," she told Time magazine's Motto website. "I look back like, 'Really?'"
The blonde beauty went on to share that the pressure to stay thin made her depressed and almost led to an eating disorder. She added, "I got to a point where one night I got home from a workout and I remember staring at my food and thinking maybe I should just not eat."
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The breakdown to breakthrough moment in my life has allowed me to become the truest version of myself. In my moment of “failure,” I stood in the face of adversity. I was struggling with my body image and the pressures to fulfill the demands of perfectionism upon me. I am not perfect. Through this struggle, however, I found the strength to love myself. I stood in my power. I thought of one of my favorite quotes, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a men’s character, give him power” – Abraham Lincoln. I look back on that moment now, and I embrace it. This feeling I once perceived as “failure” was, in truth, a powerful awakening for me to stand behind my purpose in life. I stepped away from hiding behind a fabricated version of myself. I no longer put actions behind my fears and insecurities. I made a choice to redirect my energy to be a catalyst for change. To create a channel for women to become the truest versions of themselves, along with me. (Stay tuned for more…) In the end, if you aren’t being true to yourself, then what the fuck is the point. #rebelwacause #empowerment #womensempowerment#empoweredbyyou
After five years with VS, the runway star has decided to retire her angel wings to focus on her health and well-being.
"I realized I couldn't go out into the world—parading my body and myself in front of all these women who look up to me—and tell them that this is easy and simple and everyone can do this."